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New Year's Resolution: Fitness

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Many Americans each year make New Year's resolutions to become healthier.

"I think that people over the holidays give themselves a reason to over-eat and be lazy, and I think it's just the result of feeling bad," ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer Cindy Palhang of 24/7 Fitness Studio said. 

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She claimed pep ole aren't as active nowadays thanks to modern conveniences.

"Becoming fit is something I think we were created to do a long time ago when we didn't have cars, fast food, restaurants, everybody worked in the fields and exercised," Palhang said.

She said there are three important elements in maintaining a healthy lifestyle:  cardio, weight training, and clean eating.

"If you come in and just do cardio, you're going to be smaller and lose inches, but if you add weight training, you'll build bone density," Palhang.

And according to the trainer, bad dietary habits mean the time in the gym was spent in vain.

"If you are not eating healthy, you're not going to be able to work out to the maximum that you want to," Palhang said.

Web MD states 46 percent of those planning to lose weight for the new year drop their routine by the end of January.

"Walking into a gym for the first time can be very intimidating...For people who are not familiar with exercising, I always recommend that it's a good idea to hire a trainer," Palhang said.

In just a few sessions, a fitness expert can show clients correct form and habits and recommend weight limits and pace.

"Write these activities down," Palhang suggested.  "Keep them in your log book, and then stick with them throughout the year on your own."

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